ATL vs JUV Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Atletico Madrid meet a familiar foe in Europe as Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus head to Madrid for the Champions League round-of-16 first leg match at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, in Madrid, Spain, France, on Wednesday night (IST).
What competition it is? Champions League (Round of 16, 1st leg)
Teams: Atletico Madrid and Juventus
Kick Off: Thursday 21 February
Match Timing: 01:30 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Wanda Metropolitano Stadium (68,000)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream UEFA Champions League matches in India.
The Rojiblancos have big reasons to get worried. After all, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the player who has terrorized Atletico throughout his stay in Madrid as a player of the cross-city rivals. This time he is with Juventus, a team which has come so close to the European glory in the past few years, that you wonder how motivated and fearsome the visitors can be here to achieve what has deserted the Old Lady.
On a personal note, Ronaldo has nothing to prove to anybody. His stature as one of the finest players to ever grace this beautiful game is intact. No matter how things unravel in the twilight of his career.
However, the same can’t be said about his teammates. No doubt, Juve have become a true dominating force in Italy, winning every trophy. But Europe is too big to conquer, too many big teams boasting superior players. That’s why winning the Champions Legaue will define Juve’s current crop and help them carve their names out amongst the very best.
With Real Madrid struggling in the initial few months of the season, Atletico managed to keep pace with Barcelona in the title race. They even topped the table once this season, fueling the notion that Diego Simeone’s men could be the team usurping Catalan giants from the summit of Spanish football.
But Atletico’s challenge started to fade as the team suffered from inconsistency within the ranks. The Rojiblancos depended too much on Antoine Griezmann for goals, while the likes of Diego Costa couldn’t provide with sustainable helping hands.
As a result, Atletico now find themselves seven points behind Barca in La Liga. The difference is not unbridgeable, but Ernesto Valverde’s are too good to drop that many points in the last 14 league games.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Atletico Madrid – D W W L L W
Juventus – W W L D W W
ATL vs JUV Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Team News:
Injured – Rojiblancos will be without French superstar Lucas Hernandez. The world-cup winning full-back missed the league game at the weekend due to a knee injury.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Koke meanwhile is big doubt having missed the last four games for Atletico with a knee injury.
Note: Diego Simeone could make some changes here. He had to do without the suspended Thomas Partey at the weekend, but the Ghanian international is available in Europe. If he plays, Saul Niguez could be moved out to the wing.
Diego Costa is available for selection as well after recovering from an injury which kept him out of action for the last two months.
Key Players – Antoine Griezmann, Saul Niguez
Injured – Juan Cuadrado is the only major absentee for the visitors at the moment. The Columbian international will be missing the match.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Left-back Alex Sandro missed the league action due to a suspension, but he is available for selection in Europe. Mario Mandzukic could start up front with Cristiano Ronaldo, while Paulo Dybala may have to contend with a place on the bench.
Centre-backs Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have recovered from their respective injuries and are expected to partner here at the Wanda.
Key Players – Cristiano Ronaldo, Miralem Pjanic, Mario Mandzukic
ATL vs JUV Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Atletico Madrid– Oblak (GK), Arias, Godin, Giménez, Filipe Luis; Correa, Saúl Ñíguez, Rodri, Lemar; Griezmann, Costa
Juventus– Szczesny (GK), Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, A. Sandro, Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi, Dybala, Ronaldo, Mandzukic
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INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
There is not much history between the two clubs, with the only two previous meetings coming at the group stage in the 2014-15 season in the Champions League. Arda Turan scored the only goal at the Vicente cauldron, while the return leg ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
But this time around, expect goals as Juventus’ forward line possess perhaps one of the best players of all time. While the hosts are a force to be reckoned with at home as well.
This is a very difficult call, as Juve have enough Arsenal to punish an Atletico side which has looked dormant in the last few weeks.
But we back the hosts to avoid the defeat in this match.
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